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VIENNA---Tommy Haas won his 15th career
title and second of the season by defeating
Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 4-6, 6-
4 at the Erste Bank Open yesterday.
The second-seeded German, won also won the
event 12 years ago, maintained his slim chance of
qualifying for next month s ATP finals in London.
"This victory is really something special," the 12th-
ranked Haas said. "You don t win tournaments too
often and this year I ve won in my two favorite cities."
The 35-year-old Haas had already become the
oldest tournament winner of the season by taking
the title in Munich in May. Haas, who improved to
15-12 in career finals, said he was "very proud" of
what he achieved after recovering from hip surgery
"If you d seen me 3 ½ years ago ... I was really
asking myself if it made sense to continue," Haas
said. "I have been paying a lot of attention to my
fitness and nutrition and I am always looking to
improve my tennis." Haas came back from a break
down to win the opening set and appeared in control
when he broke Haase again and led 1-0, 40-15 in
the second set.
However, Haase won that game and broke Haas
again at 5-4 when the 63rd-ranked Dutchman con-
verted his first set point with a lob. Haase had another
break to go 4-2 up in the decider but immediately
dropped his serve on a double fault and failed to win
a game afterward. Haas closed out the victory on
his first match point when Haase sent a backhand
"I am disappointed as I ve had my chances," said
Haase, who upset top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in
the semifinal. "When I broke him at 1-0 in the second
set, I started to feel stronger. I believed I could turn
around the match." (AP)
MOSCOW---Top-seeded Richard Gas-
quet of France won the 10th title of
his career by rallying to beat qualifier
Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 4-
6, 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Kremlin
Simona Halep of Romania claimed
the fifth title of her career by beating
Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6 (1),
6-2 in the women s final.
After trading sets, Gasquet trailed
4-3 in the decider but broke back to
4-4 in a game that went to seven
deuces with Kukushkin constantly fail-
ing on his forehand shots.
Gasquet served at love to go 5-4
ahead and converted his first match
point when Kukushkin s forehand cross
With the victory, Gasquet overtakes
fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
in the race for the eighth and final spot
in the season-ending ATP Tour Final
in London next month.
"It was an incredible week here for
me and now I have great memories
about my playing here," said Gasquet,
who was making his debut at the event.
"It is one of the most successful seasons
in my career but the race for a place
in London is not over yet and I need
to concentrate on my further playing
to get there."
It was Gasquet s third title of the
season. Kukushkin was playing in his
first final since winning his only title
in St Petersburg in 2010.
He was only the second qualifier to
reach the final here since Paul-Henry
Mathieu won the title in 2002.
The 18th-ranked Halep has dropped
only one set in four final appearances
since winning her maiden title in Nurn-
berg, Germany, in June.
Halep constantly trapped Stosur in
the corners and beat the 2011 US Open
champion with precise crosses and
shots down the line.
Stosur, who lost the 2012 final here,
saved 11 break points in the first set
before Halep dominated the tiebreaker.
The fifth-seeded Halep jumped to a
4-1 lead in the second and sealed the
victory with a break on her first match
point, when the seventh-seeded Stosur
netted her return.
"It s an incredible year for me and
I enjoy every moment of it," Halep said.
With the victory, Halep is projected
to rise to a career high 15th in the WTA
Tour rankings on Monday.
Stosur, who hasn t dropped a set in
her last six matches before Sunday, was
looking to win back-to-back titles after
winning the fifth crown of her career
in Osaka, Japan, last Sunday. (AP)
Gasquet, Halep take
Kremlin Cup titles
Romania's Simona Halep returns a shot to Australia's
Samantha Stosur during their final match at the
Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow, Russia,
France's Richard Gasquet returns a ball to
Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin during the final
match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in
Moscow, Russia, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
Haas beats Haase
in Vienna final
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